Project Description

Community Learning and Skills (CLS) is part of Kent County Council (KCC) and comprises two brands; Kent Adult Education and Kent Training and Apprenticeships. Our main function is to provide learning and personal development opportunities for adults, young people and families across Kent, to meet their aspirations for improved work skills, better personal development, strong families and healthy creative lives.

We engage with local communities throughout Kent to provide educational services which match the needs of local communities based on levels of prosperity, employment and priorities. We aim to ensure that our services provide learning appropriate to the needs of individuals and families at various stages in their lives. We actively promote learning in support of economic growth and prosperity, to help adults adapt to the ever-changing world of work, enjoy life and make a positive contribution to the community.

We are funded via a range of annually awarded Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) contracts plus fee income when adults enrol on certain courses.

Our Offer

Kent Adult Education

Kent Adult Education provides an extensive, vibrant, diverse and challenging programme of courses which meet the varied needs and interests of Kent’s communities.

Our courses are delivered across the county in dedicated adult education centres and in neighbourhood settings including community centres, schools, faith venues and children’s centres.

All courses are taught by subject experts with appropriate teaching skills. Our courses are designed to enhance well-being and foster a love for learning by providing high-quality opportunities to discover and develop interests which enrich quality of life.

We work closely with partner organisations and local communities to help us devise and develop learning opportunities which are accessible in terms of price, location and timing.

We also offer courses designed specifically for:

Families – Family courses are informative, practical and fun offering opportunities for parents, carers and their children to enjoy quality time learning new skills, rediscovering some older ones and building confidence.

Disadvantaged areas – The programmes are offered in communities across Kent with the highest levels of socio-economic disadvantage and run in partnership with schools, children’s centres, housing associations and other community groups.

Some courses are designed specifically to help parents and carers support their child at school, focusing particularly on English language and maths, helping parents understand and have confidence about teaching methods in school.

Non-English speakers – Some courses are designed for learners whose first language is not English. They support both adults and children in developing their skills and confidence in using English language with practical sessions focused around the family and community activity.

Courses help parents and carers to improve their own skills and can lead adults to accreditation in maths and English as well as to explore other opportunities for learning, volunteering and paid employment.


Kent Training and Apprenticeships

Kent Training and Apprenticeships have been supporting people to gain qualifications and develop skills for over 30 years. Working with large and small organisations across Kent, we offer high quality accredited and bespoke training.

We can help in lots of ways – getting your interview skills up to scratch, improving your maths or English, achieving occupational qualifications or, if you’re ready, the chance of an Apprenticeship with one of hundred of employers in Kent.

KT&A offers five main services:

Pathfinder – If you have recently finished your studies at school and are trying to work out what to do next then the Pathfinder programme could be for you.

Putting you at the centre of what we do, we have a range of activities to help you build the skills and confidence you need to move towards getting your career started. You can achieve all of this, 2 days a week over 12 weeks.

The benefits of the pathfinder programme include:

Small class sizes where you will be supported by a friendly tutor who will support your individual needs

Gain a Gateway qualification in Living and Working in the UK

Practice for studying English or maths in the future

To identify the skills and strengths you have to offer an employer and then build on these work skills

You will make new friends and complete fun team activities.

Work Ready – Our refreshed Work Ready programme is a personalised programme to help 16-18 year olds (up to 24 with EHCP) not in full time education, employment or training, get the skills and experience and qualifications they need to progress in their career.

Being work-ready is all about having the right skills, knowledge and attitude. The Work Ready programme gives you the opportunity to gain qualifications and practical experience to put on your CV. Many of our young people gain a job, Apprenticeship or go onto further training after completing the course because of the experience and qualifications they have gained in a working environment.

20 week programme, 3 days per week (except weeks 13-18 when on work experience when will be 5 days per week).

Traineeships – A Traineeship will give you the chance to get work experience and improve your English and Maths.

Even if you achieved good grades in maths and English, a Traineeship will help improve your prospects of becoming an Apprentice or a full-time employee. Traineeships provide the all-important work placement, which will improve your working practice and give you experience to put on your CV.

Apprenticeships – KT&A training is delivered by experts in your chosen industry. We make sure you get the right skills to begin building your career. We help match you to an employer who gives you on-the-job training and pays your wages. Depending on the qualification you are working towards, you may also attend one of our centres each week for additional training.

Work Based Training – If you are aged 19 or over and in employment, you may be funded to gain qualifications and additional skills through work-based training


Community Learning and Skills are an Ofsted grade 2 provider achieving “Good ratings” across all areas of inspection (June 2016) and holds Matrix accreditation. Kent Training and Apprenticeships is endorsed by Skills for Care.

Looking to develop

We are always looking to develop and improve our offer. Kent Adult Education offers new courses every year, latest additions include accredited craft courses, along with courses to help learners train and care for their dogs. Kent Training and Apprenticeships offers and host of constantly developing programmes. New Apprenticeships include a CMI Apprenticeship in Operations/Department Management at Level 5.

Contact details

Community Learning and Skills

Kent Adult Education
03000 41 2222

Kent Training and Apprenticeships
0800 731 4297